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Indian American Democrat K P George has been elected for another term as Fort Bend County Judge. The 57-year-old Democrat defeated Republican challenger Trever Nehls by garnering 52 percent of the votes polled, earning a second term.
George is the first person from the Indian American community to hold office in one of America’s most diverse counties. According to the latest census, Fort Bend is now the most diverse county in Texas, and among the most diverse in the country with 35 percent Anglos, 24 percent Hispanics, 21 percent Asians and others; and 20 percent African-Americans.
County judges like George have duties and responsibilities that vary from state to state. Depending upon the size of the county, they perform a wide range of judicial and administrative duties. After his victory, George tweeted: “I am proud to represent and work for one of the most diverse communities in the entire United States. Together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. Let’s keep moving #FortBendForward.”
It proved to be a close contest as George, who hails from Kerala, emerged victorious by 8,000 votes in a poll race that saw nearly 2,46,000 ballots cast, according to unofficial election results released by Fort Bend County.
He later said that the residents of Fort Bend County have spoken and at the end of the day, “that’s the most powerful institution. Democracy spoke, and I respect it.” He added that under his leadership, Fort Bend County has been leading the nation in public safety, job creation, educational attainment, and health.
“I will continue to lead our communities with the values of compassion, common sense, and unity, and we will accomplish even more in the next four years because we will do it together — united and stronger. This is a time to continue to move Fort Bend Forward and that is what I intend to do,” he said.
George said that during the next four years he seeks to improve the lives of Fort Bend County residents. His priorities include mobility, transportation infrastructure, public safety, emergency management, and response. He added that attracting good-paying jobs and combatting mental health issues and human trafficking are his other focus areas.
He said, “In 2018 when I came into office, nobody knew what to expect.” He added, “Today, they know.” George asserted that his legacy is his citizens’ well-being, “and I want to continue to work toward it.” “We brought high-tech employment opportunities to Fort Bend by attracting Amazon, Tesla, TikTok, Samsung, and more. We will attract more companies for more good jobs for Fort Bend residents,” he said.
George hails from Kokkathodu village near Pathanamthitta in Kerala. He said that his father was a truck driver who earned only a couple of US dollars a day and that he studied using a kerosene lamp while in India. When he was 15 his family moved to a bigger city where he attended college. After completing his graduation, he got a job in Mumbai, where he learned English. He moved to New York in 1993 and worked for a financial firm, prior to that he worked in West Asia. He later moved to Texas and has been living in Fort Bend County ever since, along with his family.